Johnson Controls powers up AGM battery production with $245M investment
June 21, 2016 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Jun. 21, 2016 – Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries, says it is investing $245 million between 2016 and 2020 to double AGM production capacity in North America.
“Due to increasing power needs for vehicle accessories and safety functions, along with changing environmental standards, automotive batteries play an increasingly important role in today’s vehicles,” said Joe Walicki, president, Johnson Controls Power Solutions.
Walicki noted that between 2015 and 2020, the company plans to invest more than $780 million globally to increase its AGM manufacturing capacity.
“Our customers face increasing demand for replacement batteries that provide superior power, reliability and performance for today’s vehicles,” continued Dan Autey, vice president and general manager, U.S. and Canada Aftermarket, Johnson Controls Power Solutions.
Claiming to the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, Johnson Controls Power Solutions supplies roughly 146 million batteries every year to automakers and aftermarket retailers, including traditional, start-stop, micro-hybrid, hybrid and electric vehicles.